Tune up your playlists for this Christmas

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What are the best songs to listen to this Christmas? Read on to find out!

Every Christmas, something my family can never completely agree on is the music. We all have completely different music tastes that clash when it comes time for us to listen to music all together. And I’m sure we’re not the only ones. 

Here I present to you my ultimate Christmas playlist, meant to be entirely neutral for everyone in the family to enjoy. It has chill vibes for eating Christmas dinner, opening presents, or decorating around the house. 

The playlist has no set order, so feel free to shuffle. 

“Next Christmas” – Stella Cole 

I discovered Stella Cole through TikTok and you’ll be blown away by her voice. It sounds like Judy Garland was reborn. Her voice is smooth and welcoming.  

It’ll be a hit with your grandparents. Plus, it’s not the same Christmas song you hear over and over again. 

“Christmas Dreaming” – Stella Cole 

For the only double artist on this playlist, here’s another Cole. It’s got the same vibes as “Next Christmas” and suits the playlist well. 

“Hallelujah” – Pentatonix 

This is the only song on the playlist with religious undertones (more like overtones for this song), but it’s such a beautiful arrangement when it’s sung by Pentatonix that I couldn’t keep it out. This song is for the Gen X Moms, because if they’re anything like mine, they love Pentatonix. And religious undertones. 

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” – Glee Cast 

Songs from Glee aren’t always bad, I promise. This one’s a little bit more upbeat and fun, a song to keep the drive going when you’ve already wrapped ten presents and there’s ten more yet. 

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – Martina McBride 

If you don’t like Martina, you’re lying to me and yourself. This song is for parents back in small town Saskatchewan who listen exclusively to country and for the kids going home for Christmas who hate country and need a nice middle ground. 

“Winter Wonderland” – Laufey 

This is probably the second most repetitive song on this playlist. When you’re listening to Christmas music, sometimes those songs are so repetitive and you just need some new words to break up the monotony. This is not that song, but Laufey is a beautiful singer. 

“Feliz Navidad” – The Tenors 

Now this is the most repetitive song on the playlist. I included it because I recently saw a TikTok saying that it’s one of the most well-known Christmas songs across the world. The Tenors’ version of the song is not only well-sung but it fits the vibe of the playlist. 

“Christmas Tree Farm” – Taylor Swift 

I am a simple person. I see a Taylor Swift Christmas song that I’ve never seen anywhere else, I put it on my Christmas playlist. Merry Christmas, Swifties. 

“Dominick the Donkey (the Italian Christmas Donkey)” – Lou Monte 

Odds are, you don’t know this song. But, in my house, it is the only Christmas song we’ve ever all agreed on. It’s silly, it’s a little bit stupid, but most importantly, it’s fun. This is the song that everyone stops to sing along to, because there needs to be at least one. 

“White Christmas” – George Ezra 

There isn’t much to say about this song except that it’s exactly the vibes I’m aiming for. 

“The Christmas Song” – Celine Dion & David Foster 

This is truly the ultimate Christmas background song. I could write an essay with this in the background and not get distracted. 

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Hannah Waddlingham & the London Gay Men’s Chorus 

This song has a bit of cheering at the beginning because it’s recorded from a live performance, but if you’ve never heard Hannah Waddlingham, you are missing out. You might recognize her as Rebecca from Ted Lasso or the Septa who rang the bell and yelled ‘shame’ in Game of Thrones, but before that she was on the West End, and it shows. 

“‘Zat You, Santa Claus?” – Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem 

A song for the kids, straight from the Muppets soundtrack. 

“Happy Xmas (War is Over)” – Josh Groban 

I have a reputation in my family for only liking Christmas music by Josh Groban, and I’m right because this song is incredible. I would be betraying myself if there was no Josh Groban on this playlist. 

Give my Christmas playlist a shot, try it out with your family, and enjoy the holidays! 

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